Overnight tram track replacement ‘has to continue’

A DAY ON SHEFFIELD'S SUPERTRAM.....   Supertram on Grange Road Norfolk Park   'See Story Steve McClarence Picture Chris Lawton '21 April  2011

A DAY ON SHEFFIELD'S SUPERTRAM..... Supertram on Grange Road Norfolk Park 'See Story Steve McClarence Picture Chris Lawton '21 April 2011

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Overnight work to replace Supertram tracks in the Manor Top area will continue for the next two weekends, despite protests from residents.

Contractors working during the night has prompted complaints from householders about disruption to their sleep.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has apologised, but said work cannot take place in the area during the day because it involves closing the outer ring road.

The authority added that it is unable to work fewer hours at night and spread the work over more weekends because that would delay rail replacement elsewhere on the network.

A five year programme will replace rails on all sections of the worn-out tram network, to give it another 20-year lease of life

Adrian Robinson, of Wingfield Crescent, Frecheville, complained about the effect on neighbours such as shift workers such as firemen, policemen, nurses and postmen. “Those with children certainly don’t need keeping awake on a school day,” he said.